Sophomore WR is Stepping Up

De'Cody Fagg is making a strong impression with the coaches after a solid start to spring practice. He's currently listed behind Willie Reid on the depth chart, but Thursday Fagg saw action with the first team on several occasions.

There were fumbles. There were sacks. There's a long way to go. But WR De'Cody Fagg feels they've opened spring practice well. Personally, he's already turning a few heads.

"He's practiced well this spring," coach Bobby Bowden said. "We've got some good receivers we just have to get them the ball."

Fagg opened the scoring Thursday, the Seminoles first practice in full pads, by hauling in a pass from Xavier Lee and trekking 73-yards to the end zone.

"That was a great pass, but I had to come back to the ball," Fagg said. "But once I had it, and saw I was open, I was gone."

Fagg is listed behind WR Willie Reid at the split end position, but he'll have a chance to take at least a few snaps with the first-team. He has also lined up with Chris Davis, and Reid when the first team goes into a three-wide set.

"They already knew what they could do," Fagg said. "I think I'm doing a good job holding my ground at second. And it's up to me to work up."

Reid helped Fagg on the field Thursday, offering some advice on attacking certain coverage schemes. Fagg said Reid has acted as leader this spring, helping the younger receivers in their progression.

Last season, Fagg's consistency in practice, and reliable hands, put him in good standing with the coaches, specifically Jeff Bowden, who considered moving Fagg to a starting position when his other receivers were having trouble controlling passes.

"When you talk about putting 11 out there it needs to be 11 healthy ones. I think De'Cody 100 percent will be close to what Chauncey or Willie can give 75 percent," Bowden said at a press conference following Maryland.

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